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Trying to Conceive After Miscarriage / Pregnancy Loss

After a miscarriage, many people find it cathartic to try to conceive again as soon as possible. Others prefer to wait. Either way, you may feel like you have lost your innocence about pregnancy and have high anxiety about the idea of getting pregnant again after a miscarriage.
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Contraception After Miscarriage - Choice of Contraception Aft…
If you are waiting to conceive (or initially waited to conceive) following your miscarriage, did you use any type of contraception to prevent an earlier pregnancy? If so, which type and why?

Short Term Birth Control
If you've decided to wait to conceive again after your miscarriage, or if your doctor has told you to wait, you may want some form of birth control until you are ready for a new pregnancy. The following are good options for short-term contraception if you wish to wait three or fewer menstrual cycles before conceiving again. If you will be waiting more than three months and don't want to risk an …

Pre-Conception - Your Pre-Conception Questions After a Miscarriage
What questions did you have for your doctor or midwife when planning a pregnancy after miscarriage? Share them here.

How Long Will It Take to Get Pregnant After a Miscarriage?
There's no way to predict how long it will take to get pregnant after a miscarriage, but if you're not pregnant within six to twelve months of when you start trying (depending on your age), it may be worth talking to a fertility specialist.

Get Pregnant After Miscarriage - How Long It Takes to Get Pregnant Af…
It can take anywhere from one menstrual cycle to several years to get pregnant after miscarriage. How long did it take for you, or if you're not pregnant yet, how many months have you been trying to get pregnant again?

Testing for Miscarriage Causes
Most doctors don't recommend testing for miscarriage causes after a single first-trimester miscarriage, but if you had a loss after 12 weeks or if you have had more than one miscarriage at any point in pregnancy, talk to your doctor about whether you need testing.

Trying to Conceive Dos and Don'ts

If you're trying to conceive after a miscarriage, make sure you're aware of these seven dos and don'ts. Although there's never a guarantee that you won't miscarry again, following these points will keep your conception odds as high and your miscarriage risk as low as possible.

What to Do If You Can't Get Pregnant After Your Miscarriage
If you're having trouble conceiving and can't get pregnant after a miscarriage, it might be time to talk to a fertility specialist.

How to Track Ovulation When Trying to Conceive

After a miscarriage, it's normal if you want to get pregnant again as quickly as possible. You may simply want to move forward with starting a family, or you might feel a new pregnancy is the best way to cope or the only way to get yourself to stop tracking where you should have been in the pregnancy you lost. In any case, if a fast pregnancy is your goal, it helps to track ovulation to make s…

Chances of Second Miscarriage
The scariest part of trying again after a pregnancy loss is facing the chances of a second miscarriage. Usually the odds of miscarriage don't increase much after having just one previous miscarriage.

Benefits of a Preconception Visit

If you are thinking about getting pregnant after having a miscarriage, it could be a good idea to have a preconception checkup with your doctor before you conceive. Doing so will give you opportunities to do the following.

Questions for Your Pre-Pregnancy Checkup

If you are planning a pregnancy after a miscarriage, it's a good idea to have a pre-pregnancy visit with the doctor or midwife you intend to use for your prenatal care. Here are some questions you may want to ask your care provider during that visit.

Asthma and Pregnancy
Having asthma during pregnancy carries some risks, but there's no reason why most moms with asthma shouldn't be able to have a healthy pregnancy.

Choose a Healthcare Provider for Your Next Pregnancy
When you are trying again for your next pregnancy after a miscarriage or stillbirth, you may choose a family practitioner, OB/GYN, midwife, reproductive endocrinologist, and/or perinatologist depending on the circumstances of your situation.

How Do I Know It's the Right Time to Get Pregnant Again After Miscarriage?
It's not always easy to decide when it's the right time to get pregnant after a miscarriage, and some people feel emotionally ready for a new pregnancy sooner than others.

What If My Partner and I Disagree on When to Conceive After Pregnancy Loss
Couples need to decide together on when to conceive after a miscarriage, and naturally conflicts can arise when one person wants to try again right away but the other wants to wait before getting pregnant again.

Deciding When to Try Again After a Miscarriage or Stillbirth

Many couples struggle with the question of when to try again after a miscarriage or other pregnancy loss. Some people want to go ahead and get pregnant again right away (or immediately after waiting the length of time recommended by a doctor). Others view the idea of trying to conceive again with considerable trepidation, fearing the heartbreak of another loss.

The decision can be diff…

Is There Higher Risk If I Don't Wait to Conceive After Miscarriage?
Although it is always best to discuss your pregnancy plans with a doctor, there's no solid evidence that it is necessary to wait a set amount of time before trying to conceive after a miscarriage, especially if the miscarriage happened very early in the pregnancy.

Do Women Have Increased Fertility After Miscarriage?
You may have heard that women are more fertile after an early miscarriage. You may have also heard that it's a myth that women have better fertility after miscarriage. What's the truth?

Save Money on Pregnancy Tests When Trying to Conceive
When you are trying to get pregnant after a miscarriage, it is easy to end up spending a small fortune on pregnancy tests, especially early pregnancy tests that promise you an answer before your period is due. Here are some tips for how to save money when you are trying to conceive.

Folic Acid - How to Get Enough Folic Acid in Early Pregnancy
Having adequate levels of folic acid, or folate, at the time of conception can mean a greatly reduced risk that your baby will have neural tube defects, and it might also mean a reduced risk of miscarriage and other pregnancy complications. Please share your tips on how to get enough folic acid during early pregnancy.

To Get Pregnant After Miscarriage - Deciding When to Get Pregnant Aft…
When did you decide to try to get pregnant again after your miscarriage? Did you need time to grieve and process what happened, or were you eager to get back to trying again right away? Share your thoughts and any advice for other couples trying to decide when to get pregnant again.

Is It Safe to Try for a New Pregnancy After Ectopic Pregnancy?
After having one tubal pregnancy, you may be worrying whether it is safe to even try for a new pregnancy after the ectopic pregnancy. In most cases, the answer is yes, but it's wise to be monitored by a doctor from early along in the event of a repeat tubal pregnancy.

Tubal Pregnancy - Successful Pregnancy After Tubal Pregnancy
Are you pregnant after a tubal or ectopic pregnancy? Share your words of wisdom and hope here for other women who are still trying.

When Will I Ovulate After a Miscarriage?
Unfortunately there is no way to predict when you will ovulate after a miscarriage except by using ovulation predictor strips. It could be anywhere from two weeks to three months after the miscarriage before your fertility returns.

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Bisphenol A is a controversial chemical present in plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and numerous other consumer goods. Researchers do not yet agree on whether Bisphenol A causes health problems, but if you're concerned, here's what you can do to limit your exposure.

Will Getting Pregnant Again Right After Miscarriage Cause Another Miscarriage?
Doctors often advise waiting to get pregnant again after miscarriage, but is the wait really necessary? Will an immediate subsequent pregnancy increase the risk for another miscarriage?

Do I Need to See a Specialist?
When trying again after a first-trimester miscarriage, an OB/GYN or family practitioner should be in charge of your care in your next pregnancy. If you have special circumstances, such as recurrent miscarriages or high risk of pregnancy complications, you may also need to see a specialist in addition to an OB/GYN.

Find the Right Doctor or Midwife for a Pregnancy Following a Miscarriage
If you intend to switch doctors before you try to conceive again after a miscarriage or other pregnancy loss, here are some tips to keep in mind when selecting a new doctor.

When to Try Again After a Miscarriage or Pregnancy Loss
After a miscarriage, many couples want to try to get pregnant again as soon as possible, but advice varies on the best amount of time to wait to tryfor a new pregnancy. Some doctors advise waiting as long as three months, whereas others say trying again immediately is okay.

WebWomb - Basal Body Temperature Charting
Basal body temperature charting is a popular and inexpensive means of tracking ovulation in order to boost conception odds. WebWomb contains articles and sample charts to help you get started.

Ovulation Kits
This FAQ from the American Pregnancy Association answers common questions about ovulation predictor kits and how they work.

Trying to Conceive After Age 35
Women older than 35 are at increased risk for miscarriages, and they also face some additional considerations when trying to conceive. The American Pregnancy Association offers some pointers.

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